Illegal power connections pose danger to residents
Many homes in Nairobi slums, including small businesses , are illegally connected to power. Criminals illegally redirect electricity from power lines into these by digging trenches along the roads and installing ordinary cables. These people are actually digging their graves or, even worse, those of innocent children. Many people have been electrocuted, especially when it rains. Some of the notorius areas include Mathare, Kibera,Kariobangi North, Korogocho, Ngomongo, Dandora, Kawangware and Mukuru Kwa Njenga among others. In Kariadudu slums, one only needs Sh200 to get connected. Most have been forced to do this due to poverty. Many people have died in slum fires caused by these connections. They also causes power failures because of overloading the power lines which could harm electronic appliances. Kenya Power should do something about this.
ERICK KIZITO Nairobi